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It's Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Finals

It's Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Finals Midterms have passed, and all seems well: grades are in check and preparations for registration for spring classes have already begun. As hectic as this semester has been, I do not want it to end. But, I cannot wait for the next one to start. Taking 17 credit hours has definitely taken its toll on me, but I’ve learned to balance it all and not lose my sanity. Halloween (my favorite holiday) has officially passed, and the weekend was great, including a great trip to Austin and attending a haunted house called the House of Torment with my friend. Finals are now around the corner, but how can I worry when the Christmas spirit is already rolling in? Decorations are being put up, and the holiday music is playing. Even when exams are just a couple weeks away, how can I not be in a good mood? Now you can’t forget the eggnog—I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t bought some already. With that I bid those who are reading adieu, and may you learn to a... (Read More)

The Calm Before the Storm

The Calm Before the Storm Now that midterms have come and gone, I have the smallest of breaks in tests for the next two weeks. This is a time period I like to call “the calm before the storm.” I always feel that once midterms are over, the rest of the semester flies by. I have enjoyed my semester so far. One of my favorite aspects about this term is shadowing at one of the local animal clinics. A huge aspect of applying and getting into veterinarian school is to make sure to have as many veterinary and animal experience hours as possible. One of the ways to get an ample amount of hours is by shadowing a veterinarian. The clinic where I currently shadow is a mixed animal practice. There are two veterinarians on staff along with a few veterinary techs. I mainly follow the work of the head veterinarian, who also happens to be a Texas A&M graduate. I spend my Monday mornings, Thursday afternoons, and Friday mornings at the clinic; I look forward to each of my shifts. I ... (Read More)

Veterinary Ethics

Veterinary Ethics It’s hard to believe I am already halfway through my first semester of veterinary school.  Simultaneously, it is equally as hard to believe that I’ve only been in Texas for just over two months.  With all of the new information and tasks assigned to us on a daily basis, my class begins to lay the foundation for our veterinary career, and time seems to race while also standing still. While the classwork has been a bit of a struggle for me, I am continually reminded why it is I am seeking a veterinary degree. Whether it is the opportunity to practice administering a physical exam, one of the clinicians taking the time to bring students on patient rounds, or participating in herd work, there are many chances to get practical experience and remind yourself why you are studying hard every day. For me, the reminder came in the form of an ethics session this past week. The 1VMs stayed late after classes to meet with practicing veterinarians,... (Read More)

Test after Test

Test after Test As my first round of tests ended, my second round of tests started the next week. If you’re lucky, your tests have been spaced out, with time to relax and gear up again. If you’re like me, however, you have tests every week with no time for relaxation. Being a junior, I’ve learned how to handle this by now, but that doesn’t make it any more fun. Time management is the most important factor when dealing with a situation like this. Plan out a study schedule, and stick with it. I can’t tell you how much time I wasted studying as a freshman—and even as a sophomore—simply trying to figure out what I needed to study and in what order. Being a double major in biomedical sciences and entomology can be very difficult at times, but Texas A&M University has amazing resources that should be taken advantage of. For example, at the Academic Success Center you can meet one on one with an academic coach and learn how to achieve your dream GPA. Whether yo... (Read More)

Third Year of Vet School

Third Year of Vet School It has only been a month and a half into my third year of veterinary school, and I am still so excited about it. I felt like after about a week into my first and second years of vet school, I was feeling more overwhelmed than excited. My first two years of vet school were mostly bookwork and not much hands-on experience. Third year is finally the year I get to have tons of hands-on experience. I also get to choose which electives I want to take based on what I am tracking, which is small animal medicine. I am taking electives like cardiology, nutrition, oncology, dentistry, and behavior. Also, in third year we participate in junior surgery, which is my favorite class. We get to perform surgeries on different animals to practice our surgical skills. This gets us more comfortable with the procedures that we will be performing a lot in everyday practice. Next week, I get to perform my first surgery on a dog, and I am super nervous but extremely ex... (Read More)

A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start As the first week of October ends, my first round of tests is officially over. I cannot believe how quickly this school year has already begun to fly by. This is my second year here at Texas A&M University, with me being still an undergrad. It seems like just yesterday I was in high school looking up all the traditions and signing up for tours. It may be my second year, but I am still working toward getting the right college balance. As of yet, I find that to be the most important advice I could give to someone who's about to enter college. It's all about balance. You need to manage your time efficiently; you only have so much. Finding a balance between studies, work (if you have it), and fun is essential to a successful career here at Texas A&M. One great thing about our school is the fact that there's always someone willing to help. Last year, which was also my first year here, I struggled to maintain that balance. I struggled to ma... (Read More)

The Transition

The Transition The third year of vet school signifies the transition from academics to clinical veterinary medicine. This was officially celebrated at the white coat ceremony held at the end of our second year. This year my class has started participating in small and large animal medicine courses, a case-based course known as correlates, and junior surgery. The days of sitting in lecture from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. straight are over, and we finally get to put our studies to use with hands-on interactions with animals and clinicians. It has been a very busy but exciting semester thus far. We have learned how to perform dental and ophthalmic exams as well as how to assess lameness in our large animal species and how to perform on endoscopy in a horse. Junior surgery is a main component of life as a 3VM. We are able to focus on improving our surgical technique of suturing and handling tissue, maintaining sterility throughout procedures, and learning the ins-and-ou... (Read More)

My First Veterinary Conference

My First Veterinary Conference First semester of the second year of vet school had an interesting start! On the first day of classes I introduced myself to my professors by asking for permission to miss classes to attend a veterinary conference. Since I want to work in small animal and exotics clinical practice after graduation, attending ExoticsCon was a great choice. Most veterinary conferences welcome veterinary student attendance and some offer significant discounts on student registration prices, and there are also student travel grants available to offset the cost of attendance. ExoticsCon 2015 was the first professional conference I have attended and the first time that the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), and Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) all shared their annual conference. On Sunday, Aug. 30, Rosa, Kathleen, Michelle, and I left for San Antonio from College Station at 3:30 a.m... (Read More)

Hoping to Bring Dentistry Home

Hoping to Bring Dentistry Home Recently, I applied to be a part of the dental shadowing program here at Texas A&M University, and I got in. This definitely increases my motivation and has inspired me to share the reason why I want to pursue a career in dentistry in the first place. A portion of my life was spent in my home country, Nigeria. At the age of 10, my parents sent my sister—who was 11 at the time—and I to Nigeria to “learn and experience the Nigerian culture.” At the time, I thought this was complete nonsense, and thought “Why place me in a whole different country far away from my family and friends?” But, at the time I didn’t know that would be same thing that influenced my life forever. There, I was exposed to many of the different hardships my people faced, unsanitary living conditions, inconsistent water supply, and lack of healthcare. With most of the country in complete poverty, healthcare was the hardest thing of acquire. Throughout the four years I sp... (Read More)

The New Testing Schedule

The New Testing Schedule With one month of school and three exams behind me, I am finally starting to settle into my second year of vet school at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The transition between summer and school can be difficult for many students. It was made even more difficult for me thanks in part to missing three days of class for Exotics Con, an annual conference for avian, exotic mammal, and reptile practitioners. Thank goodness for the new testing schedule the College of Veterinary Medicine put in place this year. Those of you who read our blogs regularly have probably noticed that every once and a while the vet students had what some might call “hell weeks.” Those times when we had three tests, a paper, two quizzes, a worksheet, and a Fightin’ Texas Aggie home football game all in one week. The only thing we had to look forward to was usually the quite week that followed. While it was nice to have a ... (Read More)